by Kerstin Gier
!!If you haven’t read Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier this review might include spoilers!!
The streets of Southwark were dark and deserted.
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
Sapphire Blue starts exactly where Ruby Red ended, in church with a voice reprimanding Gwen and Gideon. This voice belongs to Xemerius, a lovely little gargoyle demon who died a long time ago and is so lonely that he decides to follow Gwen, which proves to be very helpful in getting closer to solve the mystery that surrounds Gwen and her destiny as the Ruby.
I love Xemerius! He is, by far, my favorite character and I would love to have this funny little gargoyle demon as my “stalker”.
Sapphire Blue is even faster paced as Ruby Red which is the introduction to all the characters, the storyline and tells us a lot about time-travel. In the second book of the trilogy the mysterious destiny of the Ruby, as everyone calls Gwen, and the whole fate of the order is the main focus point. We are also introduced to another, really important character of Gwen’s past who tries to help her solve some of the weird prophecies she or Xemerius heard. With her best friend Lesley as her human and Xemerius as her supernatural help Gwen gets to know more and more about the Count of Saint Germaine and his schemes.
I loved Ruby Red but I adored Sapphire Blue! Gwen settles into her part really well but doesn’t loose her interest in solving all the mysteries that unfold before her. She is strong willed and always on the lookout for clues. Gideon is still nice one time and a complete idiot the next but I have a feeling that this might change soon and all the members of the circle are all still pretty secretive and even though no one knows what the prophecy really means and how this will affect Gwen and Gideon they are all eager to see the mission through.
If you enjoyed Ruby Red than you will like Sapphire Blue too.
The books in the Ruby Red trilogy are:
- Ruby Red
- Sapphire Blue
- Emerald Green (will be published in English on October 8th, 2013)